UPDATE: This became quite general in approach and people getting recommendations for themselves, so it isn't just my list anymore, feel free to add your specific requests to the thread.
So here I am, on the cusp of getting back into fiction and literature. I need some good books. I spent the last three years focusing on professional development, reading business books, leadership books, sales books, PM books, all the fun stuff. But now that has slowed down just a bit, and I can finally read again. I just finished the last of the PK Dick's I have to read for a bit. And a Margaret Atwood book. And now I need some fresh recommendations.
Here's the thing: My tastes are varied, but my requirements are specific. And I dislike wasting time. Nothing burns me more than a bad book. I trust the MTV board more than general reviews, and I know some, if not most, of us are readers, so with that said, here we go (I'll probably buy at least 2, if not more depending on the recommendation). For reference my favorite books are House of Leaves, Huck Finn, Arthur Gordon Pym, Gravity's Rainbow and anything by Pynchon, Vonnegut, Catch-22, The Stand, The Shining, anything by PK Dic, Heinlen, all Tolkien, Dragonlance, Carver for Short Stories, I could go on.
I skew science fiction, I enjoy reading fantasy the most, I like horror the best in general, and I like complex books. That's pretty much my tastes in a nutshell. Horror:
I need a good horror book. I miss horror novels. I've read it all though. Everything King and Koontz have written. Clive Barker? Check. Saul, Straub, Matheson, Gaiman (wherever he fits) etc. Dislike Rice and Harris. I would be reading Doctor Sleep right now, but I refuse to buy 8-inch 10 lb. monstrosities of pages. And I don't have a kindle. Crazy I know.
Zombies - I could use a good zombie book, but again, I've exhausted the subgenre I think. Brooks? Check. All of the zombies from the above? Check.
Post-Apocalyptic: Easily my favorite subgenre, but again, I think I've read everything. Give me a world destroyed and a cast of characters struggling to survive and I'll finish it in a few days. Just finished Oryx and Crake which was excellent.
Good Ghost Horror: I could do a haunted house story or something like a historical fiction. Ghosts are fun. Well written ghost stories can be terrifying honestly. Science Fiction: Currently Debating: Hyperion- Never read it. And I've only read half of Dune, haven't decided if I want to pick it up again or try something new. I've also considered Discworld, but I don't know where to start and it just looks weird. Battle Royale - If you enjoy the movie, is the book still worth it?
I need a good science fiction to. I really want a space opera. Epic. Large cast of cool characters, big universe, intense and meaningful conflict. That would be my primary chase, but there's always...
Mindf%$&*s: House of Leaves is my favorite book of all time for a reason. Give me twisty stories, book flipping, secret codes, twisty plots. I love that stuff. Snow Crash. House of Leaves. Even Mason and Dixon to a degree.
Post-Apocalyptic: See above. Either Science Fiction or Horror Works. I've considered The Passage, but haven't pulled the trigger.
True Blue Science Fiction: One of my favorite trilogies was probably Robinson's Mars trilogy. I'd almost read that again if there were nothing comparable.
Historical Fiction: As a subgenre of science fiction, mostly (or maybe horror), I like something that takes the real world and flips it over. I could do steampunk or something similar. Fantasy:
Is Drizzt worth it? I don't like authors who simply churn out novels, I start to sense comfortable writing and that turns me off quickly.
I'm probably going to read Game of Thrones with whatever other books I get, but I'm not one to read one at a time and I'm pretty sure I'll dislike it (Tolkien, Pynchon and King are the only wordy authors that I've been able to enjoy, because they are great WRITERS and great storytellers). Wordiness bothers the heck out of me. I've thought about Wheel of Time, but yeah, I know it's wordy for no reason, so that's out until I have time to really dig in if I feel like it.
I like high fantasy, big worlds, etc. though. Literary Fiction:
Straight up fiction. I'm a big fan of writers who can bring heavy themes into simple stories Hawthorne. Updike, etc. But this is probably the most open category. Just what the heck is out there?
For comparison, I need the literary version of The National's album output. Who hits those notes (literally and figuratively)?
As always, thanks!
This post was edited on 9/28 at 10:15 am